Lade: a man-made canal associated with a mill. used
in Spamount Co. Tyrone. Scottish origin. From: Marie
Lak: "Do ye lak ales?", the local pronunciation
of a former catchphrase around Lough Neagh translated as "Do you
like eels?" From: Jack
Land: verb, meaning to arrive. eg, "John landed
in at half three this morning" From Aaron
Lamp: To thump or strike especially about the head
or face. From: Sally Kelly
lash: excellent, great, class. (A commonly used word
in Lurgan, especially popular with young people. I've never recorded
it in any dialect/slang dictionaries, though it's similar to English
slang "lush".) From Stephen
Lashin: Raining heavily. Dominic Campbell adds: also
used to mean severe vomiting, eg: "He was lashing up all night"
or "He lashed rings 'round him"
Latcheco -an ill mannered, rude undesirable person
usually a male .eg That boy round the corner's a real latcheco. From
Lethal: brilliant, superb, amazing' 'That band were
lethal hi!' From: Terence Donnelly
Leave it back: To give something back after you have
borrowed it. To "bring it back" would assume you had first
taken the object without permission. From: Katrina Bel
Leesh: to discard or throw something out, often vigorously.
As, Do ya want this dinner or not? Ans Leesh it oot, I dunny wantit.
Leppin: Dirty, flea or lice-ridden.
'I wudn't get in til the taxi, it was leppin, so it was.'
Let off: To pass gas! As in... 'Who let off? Yer stinkin'!'
From: Kieran Kerr
Let on: 1. Pretend.
'Van Nistelroy was only lettin on to be hurt til git a free kick.'
'Nivver let on ye were there, or y'll nivver hear the end of it.'
Liberty bodice: a warm wrap around vest. From Mags
'He was lifted by the peelers for cloddin' stones.'
2. Ask to dance.
'He lifted me for the last two dances.'
Lig: Silly giddy person.
'Stop actin' the lig, will ye?' Mary Kennedy adds: someone acting the
Lightweight: A person who cannot hold their drink
or who cannot suffer a hangover. From: Sally Kelly
Like. Have you ever noticed that we always say like
at the end of a sentence. "Is wasnt my fault like" From: Gemma
Lilty: 1. Cheerful, carefree person.
'She was away up the Newtownards Road like a lilty, after she got the
2. Early, and easy, riser.
'Sure, he's up like a lilty every mornin'.'
Livin': Filthy, dirty, of questionable personal hygiene.
From: Sally Kelly
loanin noun a lane, path or small road in County Antrim or certain areas
of South Derry. From: Sally Kelly
Loaf-head "ur doin ma loaf in" From: Anon
Loanin - unsurfaced farm lane or track. From: Anon
Lock - a quantity which the speaker either does not
know or wish to say i.e he only planted a wee lock of carrots this year.
Lock: A few, a small number, a small lot. From: Sally
Long tail: type of shovel with a long staight handle
without an end cross piece and a pointed blade-peculiar to N Ireland.
Lowe: (spelling unestablished, rhymes with 'how'):
Conflagration, fireball. Usage: "To go up in a lowe" - to
go up in flames. eg: "She left the grill on too long and his dinner
went up in a lowe"
Luckpenny - a small discount off a purchase asked
for by the customer for luck. eg Now just how much of a luckpenny will
you be givin me off that suit of clothes? From emmagee
Lucksay - 'I say hold on a second there old chap while
I explain this to you' or similar. From: Noel O'Rawe
Lugs: ears. 'That wean's got a fierce set of lugs'
From: David Graham. Claire McCauley adds: Deeflugs = deaf ears, bionic
lugs = good hearing
Lug: A stupid person From Brian
Lug meaning to carry. 'I have to lug this bag home'.
Lummox: A large, ungainly person. From: Sally Kelly
Lung Butter particularly unpleasant term for a substance
that eminates from your chest especially if you inhale the contents
of 60 bensons the previous evening accompanied by 2 gallons of guinness
and next day jump out of bed, make a deep throaty noise like trying
to start a tractor in a november and hey presto enough lung butter to
stick a small house on. From: Big Kev
Lured: Delighted, very pleased ie "I was all
lured to hear the good news" (Derry City) From: Sally Kelly
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